Day 1 - Session 1

Session 1 of day 1 of the Annual virtual conference of IACI 2021 was dedicated to details about cardiac Imaging as a part of academics during residency, setting up a cardiac imaging department, and developing a career as a dedicated Cardiac radiologist.

The session was moderated by Dr. Vimal Raj from Narayana Hrudayalaya Bengaluru and
Dr. Nilay S. Nimbalkar from Precision Scan, Nagpur.

Dr. Deepali Saxena from Bengaluru gave insight into how she established and set up the radiology department to cater to the Cardiac team’s needs , the importance of interdepartmental activities, and what the future beholds for CMR imaging.

Dr. Ritu Agrawal from Jaipur spoke about CMR analysis and trade tricks to start a stress-CMR program. Both talks gave much-needed insight into building a setup for CMR studies and how cardiac imagers can deliver the best in a short time, even with limited resources.

Dr. Ankita Shah from Sion hospital gave a resourceful presentation about the CBCMR exam, its curriculum, finances, and academic importance. Her talk was beneficial for those who want to pursue cardiac Imaging.

Following the lectures was a panel discussion of the budding cardiac radiologists from various parts of the country. Dr. Nilay Nimbalkar introduced the panel to the audience. It was a panel picked up by Dr. Vimal Raj so that audience could understand the real- world scenario concerning the difficulties we face, how to get trained and how to become a successful cardiac imager.

The panelists were Dr. Prakashini from KMC Manipal, with good inter-departmental understanding. She narrated her experience, the problems she faced and how she overcame the min a big institute setup.

Dr Vishnu V from Care hospital Hyderabad shared his experience concerning clinical and academic experiences in a corporate hospital and how technological advancements are of immense help in any cardiac imaging setup. Dr Ragini Sharma shared her experience setting up Cardiac Imaging in a Tier II city like Ambala and how she made her centre a name in cardiac Imaging through her in-depth studies and relentless efforts. Finally, Dr Zeeshan Lakhani from Chennai spoke about freelancing as a cardiac radiologist. She is catering to multiple cardiac imaging centres and hospitalsin Chennai, maintaining the shortest TAT, professional efficiency and much-needed rapport with her cardiology colleagues with the help of technology and knowledge.

DrNilay and Dr Vimal congratulated allthe participants and summarized the take-home messagewith a vote of than

ASCI – IACI joint session

The second session of day 1 of the 11th IACI virtualnational conference was the all-important and exciting ASCI –IACI jointsession on the theme of “Present and Future”.

The chairpersons of the session were Dr. Kakuya Kitagawa and Dr. Sanjaya Vishwamitra. Dr Kakuya Kitagawa is the Director of ASCI joint symposium and Associate Professor, Dept. of Radiology, MieUniversityHospital,Japan.

Dr Sanjaya Vishwamitra is the Executive Chairman and past President of IACI. He is also the HOD, Radiology services at Sri Sathya Sai Institute ofHigher Medical Sciences, Bengaluru.

Dr Kitagawa gave an initial presentation introducing ASCI to the delegates and elaborating on its various objectives and educational endeavours. He also introduced Dr Jiayin Zhang, Dr Hyung Bok Park and Dr Dong Hyung Yang, speakers representing ASCI.

For the first talk of the session, it was apt that the past president, Dr Sanjya V, invited the current president of IACI, Dr Hemant B Telkar, to deliver the first talk about “Focusing on challenges of cardiac imaging in the country”. He talked about the lack of exposure to cardiac Imaging among residents during their initial training and the need to address it, among other unique challengesfacing cardiac Imaging in India.

This was followed by an interesting talk on “CT myocardial perfusion imaging – from research to clinical practice” by Dr Jiayin Zhang from the Department of Radiology, Shanghai general hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He spoke on the indications for CT perfusion with many case examples.

The next talk of the session was by Dr Vimal Raj, Joint Secretary of IACI and Consultant Cardiothoracic Radiologist, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru, on “MR stress perfusion imaging and interpretation”. The talk was lucid and informative and threw light on the forefront of ischemia research like stress T1mapping forischemia assessment.

Dr Hyung Bok Park, an Assistant professor at, Department of cardiology, International St. Mary’s hospital and Catholic Kwandong university college of medicine, Korea, then talked about “CT FFR – opportunities and challenges”. He covered the recent trials on CT-FFR and the challenges the investigation faceswithits probable solutions.

As we entered the last legs of the session, we had a great talk on “PET MRI in cardiac imaging” by Dr Rajeshkannan, General secretary of IACI and Associate Professor, Amrita institute of medical sciences, Cochin. He threw light on this advanced hybrid imaging tool now available at our disposal and its applications.

Dr Vidur Mahajan, who runs ‘CARING’ – Centre for Advanced Research on Imaging, Neuroscience and Genomics, moderated the last talk of the session. First, he introduced the last speaker of the session, Dr Dong Hyung Yang, Associate professor of Radiology, Asan medical centre, Seoul, Korea. Then, he presented his talk on an exciting and upcoming topic – “AI in cardiovascularimaging: Focused on cardiac CT”.

The session was concluded by the president of IACI, Dr Hemant B Telkar, by thanking the ASCI organization and the speakers who made thissession a greatone.